Gen Zia praised me for constructing road to disqualification: Nawaz Sharif

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ISLAMABAD – Giving himself the credit for laying a network of motorways across the country, ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Thursday said former military ruler Gen Ziaul Haq had profusely praised him for constructing a good-quality road that led from the parliament to the disqualification of elected civilian leaders.

While talking to party leaders from Rawalpindi division at a house in the Banigala area, Nawaz revealed that the late military dictator had said this during the early hours of Thursday morning, making the dream more valuable.

“The late Ziaul Haq appreciated me a lot and said he was astonished to see that the road he had envisioned had lasted over three decades,” the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader said.

He said the PML-N had introduced a culture of highways and motorways leading to disqualification at a time when not a single road had directly linked elected politician and disqualification based on intangible virtues.

“When I became chief minister of Punjab in 1985, I got the road carpeted for the first time,” Nawaz revealed.

The former prime minister of Pakistan said that while he had regularly upheld cementing of the road, and resisted all kinds of revamps, he only understood its significance after travelling on the road personally.

“That’s when I realised the meaning of my way or the highway.”